iPhone 8 name mentioned by Apple employee, handset already in development for next year

iPhone 8 name mentioned by Apple employee, handset already in development for next year

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (pictured above) are only a few weeks old, but Apple is reportedly already working hard on its next generation of smartphones. According to Business Insider, an Apple employee recently said that hardware for an "iPhone 8" was being developed in Israel.

The employee, who obviously wishes to remain anonymous, works at an Apple office in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv (Israel's financial center and main technology hub). This office has been described by Apple CEO Tim Cook as the company's second largest R&D center in the world. While the employee couldn't provide too many details about the iPhone 8, he said that it's going to bring a "radical redesign", thus being different than the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6 series. Moreover, the iPhone 8 should feature better cameras, which is hardly surprising, since all next-gen iPhones come with improved cameras.

Not long ago, we heard that the iPhone 8 could sport a dual-curve AMOLED display manufactured by Samsung. Needless to say, this would make the new Apple handset stand out from all previous iPhones, so "radical redesign" is a good choice of words to go with it.

But will the iPhone of 2017 really be called iPhone 8? Apple's traditional naming scheme suggests that it should be called iPhone 7s, because it succeeds the iPhone 7. However, since the 2017 iPhone is expected to bring major design and functionality changes, it wouldn't really make sense for it to be called iPhone 7s (this name would imply only an incremental upgrade). A brand new design certainly deserves a new appellative, so iPhone 8 seems to be the logical name choice for Apple's 2017 smartphone family.

Business Insider tried to talk to an Apple spokesperson about all this, but it received the usual, unsurprising answer: the company does not wish to comment on rumor and speculation.

Do you have high expectations when it comes to the iPhone 8? Let us know in the comments!

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37 Comments

1. Eraman

Posts: 159; Member since: Dec 13, 2015

Hope they make the camera better 23/13 and the battery bigger. That's what apple iPhone still need

5. AmashAziz

Posts: 2869; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Take a look at batter life, then wish for a bigger battery. If apple can squeeze 9+ hours of average usage out of a 1960 mah battery, then why worry?

15. Finalflash

Posts: 4061; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea, if they could do that it would be great... If only they could.

39. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Who doesn't want a very efficient phone with a big battery? Imagine what the iPhone can do with a 3000mAh battery.

25. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

its worst screen worst charging time worst bazels. i dont believe anymore that iphone will be something great anymore.

31. tedkord

Posts: 17043; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Worst screen?

30. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 889; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

They still need to come out with the 7S with the innovative Jet Pink edition before the 8 comes out.

41. combatmedic870

Posts: 982; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Psst... Apples going to make a 7s. Pass it on.

3. AmashAziz

Posts: 2869; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I donot want Apple to implement glass for its next iphone, even though it looks pretty. Does anyone here agrees with me?

17. Bankz

Posts: 2457; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Glass are the worse material to build a phone with. I wonder how people even buy them even. I'd rather apple use their jet black finish, (only more scratch resistant this time) on the ip8 since it is basically metal, has the same look as glass, is as durable as aluminium, more grippy and less prone to cracking because its metal. Yet, its still has all the advantages of glass and all the advantages of metal. Provided they work on their manufacturing process better to avoid scratches and fingerprints. Win-win situation imo.

18. Podrick

Posts: 1283; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

I agree. I'd take plastic over glass tbh if it looks good like some lumia phones. I'd love them to bring back 5s design. But stupid Johnny would think otherwise.

4. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

Always sucks when you plan on getting a new phone in a month or two (Pixel XL) and you already hear rumors of future phones which spec-wise will destroy what you plan on getting lol

7. AmashAziz

Posts: 2869; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I understand your sorrow, but my friend! This is what's going to happen for a long, long time. So enjoy whatever you have. Atleast it can whisk you through the basic tasks everyday......

20. Sakeem

Posts: 856; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

The release will most likely be a year away. Enjoy whatever you purchase now.

8. ebilcake

Posts: 1189; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Apple are saving their best camera hardware for the iPhone 8, it's going to be competitive [small.print]with 2016 Android phones.[/small.print] iPhone users need something to hope for.

11. kiko007

Posts: 7383; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

What are you talking about? We have an entire ecosystem to ourselves.......why does everyone try to compare the two platforms? They are fundamentally different entities. I own an Android phone to do what I want with. I own an iPhone to have access to my enterprise apps and certain titles not available on Android, as well as the ability to connect with my Macs and iPads. Two separate existences.

9. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

Apple is going to go through at least a dozen near final prototypes that may actually be very different in design, materials and features before settling on one final design spec. It is WAY too early now to say the design is this or that: there will be plenty of rumours that will be different to each other over the next few months and all of them may well be true. I think it's around March the final design and tech spec is confirmed, then it becomes production tests and QC. My guess? Probably more hope but a polymer/ceramic case, ring by a liquid metal edge. Waterproofed to a bit better than current IPhone

13. Fona13A unregistered

Anyone can say the next generation in a product line is in development, and it would have substance because that's always the case.

19. ebilcake

Posts: 1189; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

They should IP ban the trolls and also IP ban anyone who up-votes the comments they make because they're just as bad.

21. Rydsmith unregistered

Why is this news? This has probably been in development for almost a year. A company does not instantly throw out a new product in one years time. Apple is probably already in pre-planning stages of the iPhone 9, planning and idea generation for the iPhone 8s, and already starting testing of internal iPhone 8 devices (software and hardware based, with hardware largely not finalized). This is NPD (New Product Development) and typically is forecasted years in advance.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 30672; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Give some bad ass features Apple...please!

23. ZeroCide

Posts: 806; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Isn't net years phone supposed to be the 7S

26. aegislash

Posts: 1427; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Did you even bother reading the article? They explain fully why Apple might skip the 7S name.

24. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

I would just like to see fast charging. 2 things held me back from the iPhone 7. The lack of a headphone jack and a lack of fast charging.

27. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 635; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

The headphone jack is supposedly coming back with the iPhone 8 according to an Apple insider.

29. Iodine

Posts: 1470; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Apple doesn't flip/flop around features like a fish on sand. Expect headphone jack going away from most of Apple's product line, it might hold on a bit longer on the Pro products though. Btw. Why nobody complained that Apple watch doesn't have a headphone jack ?

43. drunkenjay

Posts: 1617; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

its a bloody watch....you serious?

28. Iodine

Posts: 1470; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

You should try the iPad power adapter, considering your wories. Sadly it looks like nobody has tested it on the internet yet. Considering Apple's latest advencements in battery tech, it should be quite a bit quicker than iPhone 6/6S. But the iPad brick is quite bulky though.

32. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Well if it turns out to be curved, I wonder how they are going to spin it and how certain people will react and dismiss previous existence of such things.

37. willard12 unregistered

Easily. Apple will do curved screens right. Curved screens will be in their prime time. The curved screen on the iPhone will solve a problem. The curved screens won't feel rushed. Apple will be making the curved screen mainstream. It's not copying, it's the implementation. The curved screen on the iPhone will not be half-baked. And finally, Steve Jobs was thinking about curved screens 20 years ago.

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